Australia is facing a “cyclone sandwich” as two storms approach; Marcia is moving toward Queensland while Lam is approaching the Northern Territory. This includes regions popular with tourists.
* Cyclone Lam near the Northern Territory is category 3 and Cyclone Marcia off the Queensland coast has strengthened into a category 4 cyclone.
* Severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia has intensified to a Category 4 system and is due to cross the Queensland coast between Mackay and Gladstone early on Friday morning with destructive winds with gusts of up to 270 km/h expected near the core of the system.
* As forecast, Tropical Cyclone Lam has made a southwest turn towards land, and is expected to cross the coast near Elcho Island overnight as a high Category 3, or Category 4 system.
7:20 pm – TCMarcia’s new arrival time: 6am tomorrow, north of Yeppoon. via @JessMillward9/@9NewsBrisbane.
7:15 pm – Sky News Australia reports CycloneLam will present very destructive winds above 200km/h over Wessel Island and will extend along the coast between Milingimbi and Gapuwiyak.